So sorry Paul Foulkes-Arellano, I got there first

In response to the Diary feature ‘Booze brother bowled over by knighthood’ (DW 15 July), sorry Paul Foulkes-Arellano, but you weren’t the first designer Knight of the Brotherhood of Port.

In response to the Diary feature ‘Booze brother bowled over by knighthood’ (DW 15 July), sorry Paul Foulkes-Arellano, but you weren’t the first designer Knight of the Brotherhood of Port.

In 1998 I was duly honoured, as this picture demonstrates, by the Grand Master himself (he is the one on the right, and I am the one in the white tuxedo). I can’t claim to have been honoured alongside a famous Portuguese footballer.

All I can claim is that I was the second designer in history to enter the inner sanctum, the first being a designer named… Pablo Picasso!

John Blackburn

Executive creative director

Blackburn’s

London W1D

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